Hampshire Woodturners Association

Monday 7th August -Club Challenge night

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54 members attended Augusts meeting which the latest club challenge night.

14 of those present entered “two of something” this being the theme of the challenge.

The first half of the evening was dedicated “Sharpening” we had three grinders set up in front of the stage with a variety of jigs and additional sharpening tools. The tables were manned by stalwarts Bob Hope, Alan Sturgess and Mike Haselden. Who shared their experience with an audience consisting of novices to experienced turners, several of whom had brought along their own turning tools for sharpening. Naturally there were varying opinions of the best methods and angles for grinding, but all agreed that you eventually settle for “What suits you and your own turning style”.

During the tea break members viewed the fifteen “pairs” on display on the gallery table and selected their personal 1st, 2nd & 3rd on their voting slips, John Holden then collected and collated the results.

We had an outright winner in Mike Haselden with a pair on twisted candlesticks with contrasting centres you will note from the picture that the twists are in opposite directions, just another little touch of perfectionism from Mike.

2nd prize went to Ian Woodford for his candlesticks

And 3rd were Chris Davey’s pair of lace bobbins, and just one point behind Harry Woollhead’s jug shaped vases.

The evening ended with the usual raffle.

Andi Saunders

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